A lot of people tend to dismiss self care for a variety of reasons, most having to do with either not having enough time or not feeling deserving of it.
I don't have time or I'm too busy
It's selfish or I should be happy with what I have
This is partly due to our achievement-focused culture, but also I think it's because a lot of people tend to equate self-care with pampering. The two are actually very different. Pampering, or "me time" as it's often called, is about treating yourself to something special like a relaxing massage or getting a pedicure.
On the other hand, self-care is simply about taking care of your most basic and essential mental, physical and spiritual health in the same way you would for someone you care about. Think about how you make time for, and act in caring ways towards your children, parents or pets without a second thought.
Self-care isn't about getting a massage or a pedicure. It can be as simple as choosing water over soda, going for a walk after supper instead of scrolling through social media, or letting go of the to-do list and going to be early knowing that tomorrow is another day.
Shifting your perspective on self-care, what one small act of self-care will you take today?